Netflix secures streaming rights for The Weinstein Company
Beginning in 2016, Netflix will have exclusive streaming rights in the pay-TV window for all theatrical releases by The Weinstein Company. Currently Netflix only has rights to documentaries and foreign films produced by TWC.
This is a big move by Netflix. The pay-TV window is currently dominated by traditional pay-per-view services through cable and satellite operators. Lately, Amazon and iTunes have also been edging into this window, along with Netflix, but this has been for select films only. Opening all releases to this window on a subscriber-basis is a big shift for Hollywood.
The Weinstein Company is one of the largest players in Hollywood even if they’re not a household name. Some notable releases include Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The King’s Speech, Inglourious Basterds, The Artist, Silver Linings Playbook, and Django Unchained.
Notable upcoming TWC films due approximately when this window officially opens include Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny, The Seven Samurai (remake), Bad Santa 2, Short Circuit (remake) and many more.